If you know me, you know that I love working with at-risk youth, doing missionary work and taking photos. I found my passion for photography 3 years ago while I was working abroad in Montevideo, Uruguay as part of my 3 year young adult missionary program with Generation Transformation. It was then that I began taking photos, for free, for various community events, the youth in the community and the church. I took portraits, family photos and also photographed birthday parties and wedding. I used my time in Uruguay as an opportunity to develop my photography skills and, once I returned to the US in 2014, I continued to use my skill to do work in the community.
Since I have been back in the U.S. I have used my talent to document trips to the U.S./Mexico border and the beautiful Sonoran Desert and wildlife. I have also volunteered my time and talent to various church services and events and have begun building a portfolio to promote myself and make a genuine business out of taking photos.
Unfortunately, on August 3, 2016 my camera, case, batteries, chargers etc. were stolen. Someone made a conscious decision to violate my personal space and take away part of what makes me, ME. Having already been scheduled to take photos for a few upcoming events, I had to make the calls to let them know I could no longer assist were heart breaking.
This is where I must humble myself and ask for your help. I am asking all of you who know me, know my passion, have seen my work and who I have taken photos for at one point or another to step up and help support my love for photography. My goal is to replace my camera and equipment within the next 3 weeks, or sooner if possible. I feel incomplete without my camera and want dearly to be able to show up for the events I was scheduled for before this catastrophe took place. Whether $5 to $500, anything you can give is greatly appreciated.